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Puhoi news: ANZAC Day, and Puhoi Market

An update circulated by Judith Williams from Puhoi

ANZAC Day update – Puhoi

A community decision will see a traditional Anzac commemoration go ahead this April 25 in Puhoi despite a police directive to postpone the annual event and encourage people to travel to memorial ceremonies in larger centres such as Warkworth, Wellsford and the Hibiscus Coast.

The rationale for the directive is the lack of sufficient police force members to patrol Anzac ceremonies in smaller centres in the face of possible threats to public safety following the events of March 15, when 50 Muslim worshipers were gunned down and killed at two Christchurch mosques.

Puhoi people have, however, expressed a wish to meet, as has become traditional over the past few years, at the settlement’s war memorial gates at the entrance to the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park.

The familiar format – a gathering, this year at 9.30am, comprising Reveille, Scouts, Fire Brigade members and other uniformed groups, a talk by a resident war history enthusiast and the laying of wreaths – will be repeated, the major difference this year being that the coordinators of the event will be the local fire brigade, not the Puhoi Heritage Museum Society, instituters and organisers of previous commemorations.

The heritage society will abide by the police directive not to hold a commemoration in Puhoi this year.

The annual display of war memorabilia and literature, plus an Anzac biscuits and refreshments gathering at the historic Puhoi Library, will not be affected by these changes to the traditional format, except for opening times – this year from 10am to 2pm.

Instead of the usual morning tea in the community hall following the parade, the fire brigade will be hosting the refreshments following the ceremony. People can easily find parking or walk to the centrally-located station.

“The decision to go ahead with the gathering was a community one, and the risk expectation has now been lowered from high to medium,” says deputy fire chief Mike Donovan..

Puhoi Market update:

And thanks to our market manager, Jaqui Barrett, for the following village market news:

Come and join us at the Puhoi Village Market on Sunday, 28th April, 9am – 1pm.

Music this month is by Paul King and Chris Power, multi-instrumentalists and sin…gers of Celtic/ Folk Roots based music and songs. We will also be entertained by Dianne Morgan and the Jade River Ukes.

Other features at this month’s market include a visit from the Warkworth Theatre Group to promote their upcoming production ‘Allo ‘Allo and an education stand run by the Waitotora Sustainable & Resilient Living group.

A new service we are trialing is the delivery of fresh, organic veggie boxes, orders taken between Tuesday, 23rd @ 10am – Thursday 25th @ 8pm).

There are spaces available for car boot selling (book your spot now, or 021 977 181)

Funny fruit and vegetable display, bring along your produce by 10am for display. Creative interference allowed, even encouraged. An activity for the kids and adults with a sense of fun.

All this, combined with our friendly bunch of old and new stall holders and locals will make this a relaxing and enjoyable morning.

The Sports Club will be open and Jessica and her team offering hot food and drinks for a snack or brunch.

Family and dog friendly, safe play area for the kids and easy, free parking.
All enquiries – or 021 977 181

Work wanted

Looking to earn extra money. I’m 16 years old and looking to fund my Borneo trip to help disadvantaged kids. Happy to do any type of work required in the Makarau area. Experience with fence repairs, gardening, manual labour, tidying up, cleaning, cooking.

Please email me if you have anything available. Happy to consider anything. Wages negotiable.

Regards Josh

Significant news for those affected by the ASC

ASC = Auckland Shooting Club

As per a public Facebook post, published yesterday (

“The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the Vipassana Trust. The Auckland Shooting Club’s consent (a CoC) was wrongly issued and has been set aside, not just from today, but from the time of issue. The Auckland Shooting Club should never have been in operation, and their CoC is gone for good. They cannot legally operate.” (post continues…)

Radio NZ reported the story this morning here:

Further to this, another report says that the club president has resigned with some further details here:

For some this will be significant, and very welcomed news, for others it may not be welcomed. Either way, it is still significant news which we felt ought to be shared. The link above is a public link which you can visit, even without a facebook account.

Concept Drawings of the Ahuroa Hall

Hi everyone, as you may or may not know, the Ahuroa Hall Advisory Committee is planning to relocate the Ahuroa Hall to a better location to make it easier to use, warmer and improve its usability.

We plan to move it up onto the flat area behind the hall next to the School Pool. We have presented our idea to the Rodney Local Board and they are supporting us.

We would now like to get some concept drawings made up, so we are canvassing the local community for someone with the skills (or learning the skills at Uni or School) that would be able to mock up a couple of drawings for us which we can share with the community and other organisations.

Is there someone who is willing to help us with this? If so, please contact Jo Bullock on or 021 116 7251

Changes to mail-outs. Now, just once per day @ 6pm

Mail Chimp has recently changed their service, requiring all mailing list operators to update their software which has rendered our automatic website postings through to Mail Chimp inoperable. Unfortunately, it simply doesn’t work any more.

There are plenty of other ways of sorting this, and we’ve settled on a daily summary of all posts which have come in through the day, sent out as a collection, once a day, at 6pm.

This is the first of those new types of emails. – One of the major changes is that you’ll not see the post subjects in your email subject line any more (as each email might carry a number of posts in them). So you’ll just have to open or preview the email in order to read the headers / contents. (That shouldn’t be too much of an issue).

We will still operate urgent notices as required by individual send-outs, like neighbourhood support – urgent notices etc.

This change should also help to keep the number of individual emails which turn up in your mailbox down a little, hopefully you’ll all approve of that. I know I get too many emails every day!

Local Decorators Available – Immediate Start!

Due to a change of plans we are now available to do your job starting NOW!

Local decorators with many years’ experience painting and wallpapering. Phone:

Colin and Maree 021 112 4384

Work wanted

Looking to earn extra money. Happy to do any type of work required in the Makarau area. Experience with fence repairs, gardening, manual labour, tidying up, cleaning, cooking.

Please email me if you have anything available. Happy to consider anything. Wages negotiable.

Regards Josh

Koala crates for little ones

Does anyone have children around 3+? Interested in 5 koala crates?

Would need to pick up from West Coast Road near Martin Access Road. – Call for more info…

First in first served